Bis­cuit tast­ings tak­ing place at PSD as data sought for state waiver

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Polk School Dis­trict (PSD) school nu­tri­tion man­agers are pro­vid­ing “bis­cuit tast­ings” in cafe­te­rias across the county.

Dr. Linda D. Hol­land, di­rec­tor, said the pur­pose of this ac­tiv­ity is to ob­tain a Whole Grain Waiver for bis­cuits from Ge­or­gia School Nu­tri­tion Di­vi­sion and USDA.

This would al­low cafe­te­ria staff to serve fluffy, white flour bis­cuits. There­fore, each school in Polk is now con­duct­ing the bis­cuit tast­ings.

A tab­u­la­tion of the re­sults will be sub­mit­ted to the state with a writ­ten waiver re­quest.

This Whole Grant Waiver Re­quest for bis­cuits is made on be­half of PSD. Polk School Dis­trict SFA has doc­u­mented poor stu­dent ac­cept­abil­ity of whole grain bis­cuits and re­quests a whole grain waiver for bis­cuits. The whole grain­rich prod­ucts of­fered by Polk School Dis­trict SFA re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive stu­dent/ par­ent feed­back dur­ing prod­uct blind tast­ings.

Sharon Daniell, as­sis­tant man­ager at Rock­mart High School, said a nu­tri­tious break- fast is a great way for stu­dents to start the day.

“Served with the bis­cuits is a va­ri­ety of menu items,” she said. “Youth can choose nu­tri­tional food on any given day, in­clud­ing a hot and cold en­trée’.”

Breakfast choices in­clude: chicken bis­cuits, sausage bis­cuits, breakfast bagels and muffins, juice and other items, ac­cord­ing to Daniell.

For lunch, stu­dents can choose pizza, chicken sand­wiches, spaghetti, hot wings, and chicken nuggets. There are also veg­eta­bles that can in­clude corn, green beans, sweet potato tots and tossed salad.

Ad­di­tion­ally, stu­dents are served healthy desserts, like pineap­ple, frozen juice bars and fresh fruit and even sweet water­melon.

Stu­dents can also choose to se­lect fresh veg­eta­bles, fruit, and meat from the salad bar.

Even if that is not enough, Power Packs are avail­able. This is an­other op­tion, which can in­clude juice, fruit, cheese stick, chips, a whole grain cookie, and yo­gurt, all to­gether in a bag for easy pickup.

“With all the hard work the stu­dents put into reach­ing aca­dem- ic goals, RHS of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of smart snacks to choose from,” Daniell said.

She in­vites par­ents to visit RHS and en­joy breakfast and lunch.

“You will find that we have fac­ulty mon­i­tor­ing lunch dur­ing the three lunch shifts,” Daniell said. “The salad bar is a big hit with the teach­ers. At dif­fer­ent times, you may see the prin­ci­pal, or vice prin­ci­pals eat­ing school meals.”

Hol­land em­pha­sized that PSD nu­tri­tion staff has been trained to read la­bels, and pre­pare food the right way, based on the U.S. Di­etary guide­lines.

“The school nu­tri­tion staff of Polk School Dis­trict is al­ways ea­ger to learn and con­stantly seek new prod­ucts and food prepa­ra­tion tech­niques,” she said.


Stu­dents at Rock­mart High School en­joy meal with bis­cuits in cafe­te­ria.

Agnes Ha­gin/SJ

Dr. Linda Hol­land, school nu­tri­tion di­rec­tor points to list of schools in­volved in the bis­cuit tast­ings.

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